348 HISTORY OF PERSIA CHAP< Lxx Moslem empire which should include the Ottoman dominions. But, although for a while it was realized that Nadir Kuli alone was fitted to rule the land, no affection was ever felt for his family, and at his death those who rallied to protect it were few in number. The Coronation of Nadir Shah.—In a magnificent hall erected for the purpose the crown of Persia was placed on the head of the Great Soldier at an hour selected by the leading astrologers as peculiarly auspicious. Nadir Shah, as he is termed henceforth, received the homage of his subjects seated on a jewel-encrusted throne, and in order to commemorate the occasion, coins were stamped bearing the following distich : By gold in all the earth his kingship shall be famed, Phoenix of Persia's land, World-conqueror, Sovereign named.1 Thus in pomp and splendour the Afshar shepherd, who by his military genius had freed Iran from the Afghans, the Turks, and other invaders, realized his dazzling ambition, and sat on the throne of Cyrus, of Noshirwan, and of Shah Abbas. 1 The translation of this distich is taken from The Coins of the Shahs of Persia, bv R. S. Poole.